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Our History

The Aspire Higher Foundation was founded in 2018 by Tim and Sharon Clark who have years of combined coaching experience and a deep-rooted commitment to bettering the lives of youth through sports. When an opportunity emerged for the Clarks to buy the firehouse, they began to invest and give back to the residents of the Northwest Landing Neighborhood. This venture provided a natural pathway into the non-profit sphere, which is how the Aspire Higher Foundation was formed. 

Asking Why Not

The 127-year-old firehouse is now a hub for education, art, and opportunity in the Northwest Side of Indianapolis. 

The historic firehouse transformed

Aspire House is an old firehouse that was built in 1897. It is located at the crossroads of Rader and Udell Street in the Northwest Landing Neighborhood, which was once a thriving place.

Over the years, the primarily African American neighborhood has suffered business divestiture and is classified as a food desert. The median household income of $40,024 is significantly lower than the $70,784 national average. 

The repurposed firehouse offers creative and connecting spaces for residents of the immediate and surrounding community.


into a new Aspire House

The transformed community center opened its doors on February 15th, 2024. After years of vacancy followed by construction, neighbors, friends, and community partners were welcomed into the space for the first time. Now, the former firehouse is home to the RyZe commercial kitchen, a large gathering space, and four apartment lofts. 

From BlaTina career exposure programs to healthy eating classes in the RyZe Kitchen, Aspire House is a hub for education and community-based programming for all ages.